Job 12:4
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New International Version
"I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered-- a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!

King James Bible
I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.

Darby Bible Translation
I am to be one that is a derision to his friend, I who call upon +God, and whom he will answer: a derision is the just upright [man].

World English Bible
I am like one who is a joke to his neighbor, I, who called on God, and he answered. The just, the blameless man is a joke.

Young's Literal Translation
A laughter to his friend I am: 'He calleth to God, and He answereth him,' A laughter is the perfect righteous one.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I am as one mocked of his neighbor - Though I am invoking God for help and salvation, yet my friends mock me in this most solemn and sacred work. But God answereth me.

The just upright man is laughed to scorn - This is a very difficult verse, on which no two critics seem to be agreed. Mr. Good translates the fourth and fifth verses thus: -

"Thus brother is become a laughing-stock to his companions,

While calling upon God that he would succor him.

The just, the perfect man, is a laughing-stock to the proud,

A derision amidst the sunshine of the prosperous,

While ready to slip with his foot.

For a vindication of this version, I must refer to his notes. Coverdale gives at least a good sense. Thus he that calleth upon God, and whom God heareth, is mocked of his neighboure: the godly and innocent man is laughed to scorne. Godlynesse is a light despysed in the hertes of the rich; and is set for them to stomble upon. The fifth verse is thus rendered by Mr. Parkhurst: "A torch of contempt, or contemptible link, (see Isaiah 7:4; Isaiah 40:2, Isaiah 40:3), לעשתות leashtoth, to the splendours of the prosperous (is he who is) ready (נכון nachon, Job 15:23; Job 18:12; Psalm 38:17) to slip with his foot." The general sense is tolerably plain; but to emendations and conjectures there is no end.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

one mocked

Job 11:3 Should your lies make men hold their peace? and when you mock, shall no man make you ashamed?

Job 16:10 They have gaped on me with their mouth; they have smitten me on the cheek reproachfully...

Job 17:2,6 Are there not mockers with me? and does not my eye continue in their provocation...

Job 21:3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.

Job 30:1 But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.

Psalm 22:7,8 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying...

Psalm 35:16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed on me with their teeth.

Matthew 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it on his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him...

Hebrews 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yes, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

calleth

Job 16:20 My friends scorn me: but my eye pours out tears to God.

Psalm 91:15 He shall call on me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you know not.

Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

the just

Proverbs 14:2 He that walks in his uprightness fears the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despises him.

Mark 5:40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he takes the father and the mother of the damsel...

Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

Acts 17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear you again of this matter.

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Whether, for Salvation, it is Necessary to Believe Anything which is Beyond Natural Reason
Whether, for Salvation, it is Necessary to Believe Anything which is Beyond Natural Reason We proceed to the third article thus: 1. It seems that for salvation it is not necessary to believe anything which is beyond natural reason. For it seems that what naturally belongs to a thing is sufficient for its salvation and perfection. Now the things of faith are beyond natural reason, since they are unseen, as was said in Q. 1, Art. 4. To believe in them is therefore unnecessary for salvation. 2. Again,
Aquinas—Nature and Grace

Whether Prudence is in us by Nature?
Objection 1: It would seem that prudence is in us by nature. The Philosopher says that things connected with prudence "seem to be natural," namely "synesis, gnome" [*{synesis} and {gnome}, Cf. [2754]FS, Q[57], A[6]] and the like, but not those which are connected with speculative wisdom. Now things belonging to the same genus have the same kind of origin. Therefore prudence also is in us from nature. Objection 2: Further, the changes of age are according to nature. Now prudence results from age,
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
Matthew 9:24
he said, "Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep." But they laughed at him.

Job 6:29
Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.

Job 9:21
"Although I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my own life.

Job 12:5
Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.

Job 13:18
Now that I have prepared my case, I know I will be vindicated.

Job 17:2
Surely mockers surround me; my eyes must dwell on their hostility.

Job 17:6
"God has made me a byword to everyone, a man in whose face people spit.

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